Category: Politics

Truth and Reconciliation: My Impressions of Apartheid South Africa

White-Black Handshake and flag of RSA

Living during apartheid was like time travelling back to the 1950’s segregated southern USA… but with an Afrikaans accent.

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Truth and Reconciliation: The Shining Example of Germany

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It is never easy to acknowledge horrible truths nor take action to make peace with those you’ve wronged. Germany did it.

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Truth and Reconciliation: Is It Possible with Turkey?

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Is it possible for Turkey to have its own truth and reconciliation commission regarding the genocide of the early 20th century? Maybe yes.

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Canada’s Sesquicentennial: A Celebration of Survival and Hope

Canada Day 2017

Canada has survived 150 years. Let us celebrate the end of our growing pains, hope for maturity and take action toward reconciliation.

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Facts, Context, Truth and Reconciliation

vicious fighting with a knife and a gun

Is there a difference between a fact and the truth? How does context relate to them? Is reconciliation possible without truth? How good a witness are you?

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Turkey and the United States: A Delicately Balanced Political Dance

American flags of 1917 and 2017, and 4 leaders

Turkey and the USA have a long history of a delicately balanced political dance, but there’s one safe prediction for today.

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Patriotism, Nationalism and Isolationism Then and Now

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There was, and still is, a “lamentable lack of understanding” of attitudes to one’s own country, sometimes at the expense of good relations with others.

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Meet the Newest Canadians: Kamo Mailyan and Mary Hovhannisyan

Newest Canadians Kamo and Mary

Yesterday I was honoured to be guest at the citizenship ceremony of my dear friends. They are officially the newest Canadians.

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The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing is Active in France

wolf in sheep's clothing

Filmmaker Luc Besson warns the French they are being scammed by a woman who is changing her public image to get elected: “We are the scammed.”

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Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo Refuse to Deny Genocide in Argentina

Madres in 2006 by Roblespepe

April 30 marks the 40th anniversary of the march of the Mothers of the Disappeared. They refuse to allow denial in Argentina.

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My Reaction to The Promise

poster for The Promise

The Promise’s slogan is “Empires fall. Love survives.” That’s an interesting take on a movie set against the background of the Armenian Genocide during the late Ottoman Empire.

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History is Written by the Victors

an open book

Large chunks of history are missing from textbooks and national conversations, because all countries have an Official Version of history. What’s yours?

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The Crazy Concept of Capitulations

Turkish men and capitulation flag showing the lira symbol

We think of capitulation as surrender, but in 16th-20th centuries it meant something different to the Sultans, and something crazy but wonderful for foreigners.

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Azerbaijani Writer Argued for Urgent Reforms in 6 Armenian Vilayets

map of Armenianand Arabian vilayets

Editor-writer Ahmed Aghayev made an eloquent argument for the instigation of reforms in the predominantly-Armenian Ottoman vilayets.

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Lady Whittall Bars the Door to Save a Turkish General

Lady Whittall Bars the Door

The Whittall’s home was known in Constantinople as a refuge for Armenians and Greeks, but the lady also saved a famous Turkish general during the Sultan’s counter-coup.

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Suppression of Truth Past and Present: Turkish Journalists Jailed and Killed

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Truth is often a casualty of those who seek to maintain power. It’s a growing trend to imprison or kill journalists and suspend media agencies.

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